Movers & Shakers 10/25/15
Jason Langen, PLS, has joined the R&M team as the land survey manager. Langen is a graduate of Huntington College and has more than 13 years of experience as a Professional Land Surveyor. He has worked on various projects throughout Alaska and his background includes construction surveying, bathymetric surveying, cadastral surveying, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, GPS surveys, project management, quantity calculations, and QA/QC procedure development just to name a few. In his new role at R&M, Langen will be responsible for the general oversight and development of the R&M Survey Department.
Dawn Kimberlin has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications for NANA Management Services. NMS, the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska, has provided services to the North Slope for 40 years. Kimberlin started with NMS as director of marketing, Lodging Division, in 2009, and moved to director of marketing, Food and Facilities Management Division. She most recently served as director of marketing and communications for the company, managing strategic projects across NMS’ five divisions. After beginning her marketing communications career at NANA Development Corp. in 1999, Kimberlin worked as an account manager at an advertising agency, community relations manager at CIRI, and public relations manager at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Kimberlin earned an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2012, she received a Native American 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Kimberlin is a shareholder of NANA Regional Corp. Inc. and Doyon Limited.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association, Alaska’s statewide professional trade association for businesses and individuals involved in the visitor industry, announced its 2015 Visitor Industry Awards recipients presented during the annual ATIA Convention in Juneau. The winners are: Alyeska Award, Alaska Airlines Magazine Alaska; Chuck West Award, Alaska Skylar Travel; Denali Award, Clark Mishler; Lifetime Achievement Award, Ann Campbell; Spirit of Alaska Award, Holland America Line; Stan Stephens Stewardship Award, Kirk Hoessle; Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award, Mary Helen Stephens.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has appointed Cook Inlet Region, Inc. President and CEO Sophie Minich to the Seattle Branch board of directors, effective Sept. 1. CIRI’s business lines include energy development, oilfield and construction services, real estate, and tourism and hospitality. CIRI is Southcentral Alaska’s largest private landowner with approximately 1.3 million acres. Other land holdings are located in Texas, Arizona, California and Hawaii. CIRI has approximately $1 billion in assets. Minich joined CIRI in 1993, shortly after graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in finance. She has held various positions of increasing responsibility and was appointed to her current position in January 2013. Minich is on the board of the Anchorage Economic Development Council as well as a Trustee of Alaska Regional Hospital, and CIRI Elder’s Trust.
Poldine Carlo of Fairbanks was presented the 2015 Shirley Demientieff Award at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. Born in Nulato in 1920, Poldine Carlo was raised by her grandparents, Joseph and Anna Stickman. Throughout her life, she has been a true Koyukon Athabascan culture bearer, passing on the language and native values that are deeply important to her. In 1978, Poldine wrote “Nulato: An Indian Life on the Yukon”, which tells the story of her life as a young Athabaskan woman growing up in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Poldine is the proud mother of eight children and many grandchildren, and at the age of 94, attends every board meeting for the Fairbanks Native Association, Doyon Ltd., and Denakkanaaga.
Wells Fargo is honoring Romig Middle School math teacher John Bruce as 2015 Alaska Teacher of the Year on its 116 ATMs across the state. From now through Nov. 4, Wells Fargo’s ATMs will feature a screen congratulating Bruce with details about his teaching achievements.
Paddy Coan, GRI, CRS, manager of the Wasilla branch of Jack White Real Estate, was named the recipient of the Alaska Association of Realtors “2015 Realtor of the Year” award at the AAR State Convention in Homer on Sept. 30. This distinguished award is given annually to the individual who has displayed a strong sense of realtor spirit, leadership qualities with local, state and national associations of realtors and involvement in civic activities.
KPMG LLP has promoted Daniel Mitchell to managing director of its Anchorage office. A member of the audit practice, Mitchell specializes in providing audit and accounting services to Alaska Native corporations and financial institutions. Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. He leads KPMG’s Anchorage office recruiting efforts and works extensively with the UAA Schools of Business and Management and career offices.
Bryan Uher has been appointed interim director of the Interior Alaska Campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Uher, IAC’s administrative manager, replaces Teisha Simmons, who is leaving for a position at Tanana Chiefs Conference. A search will be launched this spring for a full-time director. Uher has been with IAC for 14 years. He started as a student assistant at the age of 18. He has worked in program coordination, student services oversight, technology support and partnership development. He graduated from UAF with an associate degree in applied business (marketing) and a bachelor’s degree in rural development. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and attending Leadership Fairbanks through the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
The recipients for the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year, William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year and North Star Award were announced on Oct. 14 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Awards Gala in Fairbanks. Date-Line Digital Printing is the recipient of the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year award. The Fairbanks-based partnership of Geoff Welch and Travis Lewis exemplify the community commitment of Alaska small businesses. Date-Line is notable for the “Thanks Fairbanks” program, sharing thousands of free Thank You cards with Fairbanks community. The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is the recipient of the Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year award. Established in 1954 and predating statehood, the Kenai Chamber is an active advocate on business issues effecting local community and the state. Charles “CB” Bettisworth is the recipient of the celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year award. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bettisworth has inspired a new generation of architects. The Chamber presents the North Star Award to an individual or organization in Alaska who actively develops and pursues the betterment of all Alaska residents. The Chamber presented this rare honor to outgoing Alaska Chamber President and CEO Rachael Petro.